Last post on Mar 03, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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MINI Cooper, Transmission, Convertible, Hatchback
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#150 of 542 Re: 2004 MINI Cooper Clutch Problems [cracker2225]
Jun 04, 2008 (6:41 pm)
I feel your pain. My 2002 Mini cooper with only 34 thousand miles just blew a transmission 2 weeks ago. As I am finding out this is the norm. My sister owns an S model, with 55 thousand miles and I have not given her the bad news yet. My father raced and built engines for the originals and I grew up with Minis. Morris motors must be horified to see what BMW has done to their cars. My dream of owning a Mini has become a nightmare. BMW needs to recall them all!!!
#151 of 542 Re: 2002 Mini Cooper - Two clutches in less than one year! [tiff_c]
Jun 04, 2008 (6:59 pm)
I found a recall also the number given was 1-888-327-4236
#152 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [afox30]
Jun 19, 2008 (1:08 pm)
After reading posts about transmission failures I was fearful of this impending repair (noise at 60k and I was wondering how long I could milk it before the huge cost).
Well I complained to the dealer when they informed me of the good news and they said contact Mini Customer Service.
MINI CS actually responded quickly, 3 email communications in 36 hours. They called the dealer and made the arrangements to provide the parts at no cost but I pay labor. I feel this is a very reasonable response because in life things to happen.
I have the email chain with CS if you are would like to see what I did. I don't think I did anything other than maybe hit the right cord.
#153 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [ramquist]
Jun 19, 2008 (9:50 pm)
Hi, there. I contacted Mini CS as well about my "massive transmission failure" at 74K miles, and they did nothing (I had purchased the extended warranty until 50K miles). I would be interested in the email chain with CS, as I exchanged numerous e-mails with them as well but to no avail. Mini of San Francisco was completely unresponsive as well. I ended up paying over $8,000 to replace my transmission.
What year is your Mini? How far out of warranty were you?
#154 of 542 2008 Mini Cooper S Clutch Noise
Jun 20, 2008 (5:19 pm)
We just took delivery of a new 2008 S. We now have 2,000 miles on it. From almost day 1, we started getting a strange noise when downshifting from 3rd to 2nd if between 30-40 mph. The noise sounds like rubber on metal...kind of a skreech but not like a loose belt. More like chauking a pool cue or hitting the front brakes on a 10 speed bike. The dealer has deglazed the clutch twice. The sound is now less frequent but still there. It also seems to go away after the car heats up. Anyone had a similar problem or better yet, a fix?
#155 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [cracker2225]
Jun 20, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I was 10k and 2 years over (60k and 6 yrs old). email me ramquistnc.rr.com and I will send you the email chain.
#156 of 542 CVT hesitates in normal but not in Sport
Jun 21, 2008 (6:32 am)
My 05 Mini convertible's CVT has a hesitation when starting up from a stop, but if I use the lever in the right Sport position, then start from a dead stop - the hesitation does not exist! Is there some reprogramming that might be done by BMW to get the "normal" position to enjoy the same smooth startup as the Sport position? quickclickgmail.com
#157 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [ramquist]
Jul 07, 2008 (7:41 am)
Can you please send me the CS thread about your failed transmission to KFeroletohotmail.com? I would greatly appreciate it
#158 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [ramquist]
Jul 16, 2008 (3:33 pm)
Hi- could you send me the email chain? I'm looking at this exact problem- massive cost and out of warranty. 67k 2003 Mini Cooper.
#159 of 542 Re: Fearing the worst re: transmission [kfero]
Jul 16, 2008 (3:35 pm)
Did you get the failed transmission email chain? If so, could you also send it to miss_p42yahoo.com? I am facing the same problem . It is much appreciated.